View Comments La Soiree Check out some of the provocative performers and astonishing acrobats who perform in La Soiree in the video below! La Soiree first appeared in New York in 2006 under the title Absinthe: Les Artistes de La Clique. Subsequent versions of Absinthe shows were inspired by the original production but did not have any of the same creative or production team. Since its inaugural production in London at the South Bank, La Soiree has played Australia, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Step right this way! The internationally acclaimed live circus-cabaret La Soiree officially opens at off-Broadway’s Union Square Theatre on November 7. Created by Brett Haylock, La Soiree includes performances by Stephen “Bath Boy” Williams, The English Gents, Mario, the Queen of the Circus, Ursula Martinez and more! The sexy, funny and dangerous world of La Soiree combines cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety in one seductive setting. The evening features a rotating cast of over 20 artists, with the acts varying from night to night. La Soiree brings the flashiness of vaudeville salons straight into the 21st century with ringside seats, bar service and posh tables. Performers for La Soiree will include stars of the Olivier Award-winning La Clique. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 Related Shows
In response to recent news reports about debt collection scams, the New England Collectors Association offers the following tips for consumers to identify legitimate collection activities:’ ‘ ‘Unscrupulous scams hurt Vermont consumers and unnecessarily impedes legitimate debt collection efforts,’ said New England Collectors Association President Jeff DiMatteo. ‘The recovery of consumer debt is vitally important to our local, state and national economies. Those who purposely violate the law to exploit Vermont consumers should be held fully accountable for their actions.’In addition to federal and state regulatory oversight of the debt collection industry and state law, the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) outlines several important items that consumers can use to discern a legitimate attempt to recover a debt.’ Generally:A debt collector may not contact a consumer at times known to be inconvenient to the consumer – assumed to be contact prior to 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m. in your time zone. Further, a debt collector may not contact a consumer at his/her place of employment if they know that such contact is prohibited by the employer or consumer. A debt collector may not communicate, in connection with the collection of the debt, with anyone other than the consumer in question or his or her attorney (or the consumer’s spouse unless prohibited by state law).For debt collection communications, a debt collector must disclose its identity to the consumer and notify the consumer that the communication is from a debt collector, and (in the initial communication) that any information obtained will be used to effect collection of the debt.A debt collector may not make false representations and may not threaten to take action (e.g., lawsuit, jail, garnishment, etc.) against a consumer if it doesn’t actually intend to seek such action. A debt collector must notify consumers of their right to dispute the validity of the debt, in part or in full, with the debt collector. The notice is required to be sent by debt collectors within five days of the initial communication with the consumer and the consumer has 30-days to request verification of the debt from the debt collector. If the consumer disputes the validity of the debt within the 30-day time period, a debt collector must cease collection of the debt until it provides verification of the debt.Vermont consumers should also take great care when giving out personal information including a credit card, bank account or Social Security number until certain of the authenticity of the other party.’ Consumers should monitor his/her credit report, as well as accounts and immediately report any suspicious or unauthorized purchases to the bank or credit card provider.’ If a consumer believes his/her identity has been stolen, [s]he should contact the local police department and visit www.ftc.gov/idtheft(link is external) for information on what to do.‘Debt collectors are not an enemy of consumers,’ DiMatteo said. ‘We are advocates for protecting consumer rights while balancing the ability to recover rightfully owed obligations that maintain America’s credit-based economy.’ For more information about working with a debt collector visit www.askdoctordebt.org(link is external).’ MONTPELIER ‘ (November 4, 2013)ssachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It is a State Unit of ACA International (www.acainternational.org(link is external)), the comprehensive, knowledge-based resource for the credit and collection industry.’ Founded in 1939, ACA brings together nearly 5,000 members in the United States and abroad, and their more than 300,000 employees, including third-party collection agencies, asset buyers, attorneys, creditors and vendor affiliates.’ ‘
VBM file photo of O’Brien Brothers home building in South Burlington in August 2018.Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Education this week announced its endorsement of the National Center for Construction Education and Research’s (NCCER) “Introductory Craft Skills” curriculum (www.nccer.org(link is external)). The NCCER curriculum is used across the nation in education and training programs, by schools, colleges and employers’ in-house training programs. It culminates in stackable credentials and is being implemented this fall in all regional career technical education (CTE) center construction trades programs as part of a larger state initiative to develop career pathways in construction.“Vermont is facing a shortage of skilled trades workers,” said Governor Phil Scott. “As people in the construction industry are quickly reaching retirement age, we lack a pipeline to fill those openings. We need to be doing everything we can to face this issue head-on, not only in the construction sector but across the economy,” Governor Scott added.“The Agency of Education is doing its part to ensure that students leaving CTE programs have skills that employers are consistently telling us they need and to ensure that CTE students have the opportunity to pursue education beyond high school – whether it be a certificate, degree, or an apprenticeship,” said Deputy Secretary Heather Bouchey.The endorsement of this curriculum is the result of several years of work, led by the Agency of Education, and conducted in partnership with the CTE center construction trades teachers and CTE center directors. The River Valley Technical Center in Springfield, Vermont and their construction trades teacher, Erin Hunter, along with Engelberth Construction and Trumbell-Nelson Construction played a key role in advocating for the adoption of the NCCER curriculum. The Vermont Talent Pipeline, a part of the Vermont Business Roundtable, played a pivotal role in convening members of the Construction Employer Collaborative(link is external) to review and adopt the curriculum and credentials.Jay Ramsey, the state’s Director of Career Technical Education (CTE) said “the Talent Pipeline has been a fantastic partner in this process. If they hadn’t been involved, we would not have employers across the state telling us they want to see applicants with these credentials. Employers committed to preferential hiring, and even higher starting wages for people coming to them with NCCER credentials.”The Agency of Education has contracted with Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire/Vermont to deliver the required teacher training. The Agency will be working with regional CTE centers over the next several years to develop additional career pathways in construction trades and is planning to expand the role of apprenticeships in CTE construction trades programs that include a focus on training in plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. The Agency also plans to continue work with the Department of Labor and with Vermont Technical College to enhance the relationship between CTE construction trades programs and registered apprenticeship, and degree and certificate programs.For additional information, including upcoming career pathway events, contact Dr. Oscar Aliaga, State Career Pathways Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)).About NCCER — NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage. NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. For more information, visit www.nccer.org(link is external).About Vermont Talent Pipeline Management – VTPM project is a statewide, employer-led, demand-driven approach that organizes employer collaboratives to address an industry’s most critical workforce needs by applying talent supply chain strategies and practices. The TPM model was developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. VTPM is headquartered within the Vermont Business Roundtable.About Vermont Business Roundtable – The Vermont Business Roundtable is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of CEOs from Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermont’s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issues.Source: Agency of Education 9.18.2018
Police administered life-saving measures to the man after his surrender, trying to stem blood loss from the gunshot wound until paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital. Media reports suggest the man is in critical condition.Some Lenexa police officers suffered minor injuries as a result of the collisions.Johnson County’s Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team will handle analysis of the incident to determine whether use of police force was justified. Photo credit Lenexa Police.A Lenexa police officer attempting to stop a stolen vehicle from fleeing law enforcement shot a man Tuesday night, causing life threatening injuries.Police report that patrol officers were attempting to stop a vehicle that had been reported stolen around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the McDonald’s on 87th Street Parkway just east of I-435. When police ordered the driver to get out of the car, he began to drive away, striking at least three occupied Lenexa police vehicles as he fled.“A Lenexa Officer discharged his department-issued handgun, striking the suspect,” said the department in a release.The suspect made his way onto westbound 87th Street, and managed to drive for approximately three-and-a-half miles before surrendering around 81st Street and Woodland.Photographs from people in the neighborhood show a vehicle badly damaged:
ZELL Commercial Real Estate Services announces the following retail lease transactions:>> DOLLAR TREE TO OPEN IN RANCH MARKET CENTER IN GLENDALEDollar Tree Stores, Inc. signed a lease for a 10,000 SF store to open in the Phoenix Ranch Market Center (above photo) at the NWC of 67th Ave. and Camelback Rd. in Glendale. Donna Reece of ZELL Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. represented the Landlord, Phoenix Ranch Market, L.L.C., and Kurt Kalocin of SRS Real Estate Partners represented the Tenant.>> GB ON 7th SIGNS LEASE AT BETHANY VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTERGB on 7th, a restaurant featuring contemporary Mexican cuisine, has signed a lease for 3,179 SF in the Bethany Village Shopping Center, north of the NEC of 7th St. and Bethany Home Rd. in Phoenix. Donna Reece of ZELL represented the Landlord, Central 7th, L.L.C., and Matt Schrauth of Omni Real Estate represented the Tenant.>> NOSH COMING TO COPPER POINT IN CHANDLERNOSH, a wine bar and cafe, has signed a lease to open a 1,482 SF restaurant in the Copper Point Shopping Center, Albertson’s anchored center on the NWC of Ray Rd. and McClintock Dr. in Chandler. Bryan Ledbetter of ZELL represented the Landlord, MR SHOPDEVCO, L.L.C., and Traci Russell of CBRE represented the Tenant.>> PRICKLEY PEAR SIGNS LEASE IN LAKESIDE PLAZAPrickley Pear, a retail store selling furniture and women’s clothing and offering interior design services, has signed a lease for 912 SF to relocate its established business to Lakeside Plaza Shopping Center, at the SWC of 40th St. and Chandler Blvd. in Phoenix. Bryan Ledbetter of ZELL represented the Landlord, Lakeside Plaza Shops Owners, L.L.C.
With the recent release of Velocity Retail’s Research Solutions Team’s 1Q 2013 retail quarterly numbers, Velocity Retail is excited to report positive improvements to the retail vacancy rate and leasing activity.“We are excited to report that the Phoenix area has recorded six straight quarters of improvement both in vacancy and leasing activity,” said Dave Cheatham, Managing Principal at Velocity Retail. “The Phoenix market is clearly on its way to continued health at a gradual and steady pace.”For more than three years, since the end of 2008, the vacancy rate steadily increased to 13.54% which was the peak. Now for six consecutive quarters the vacancy rate has declined in Phoenix. The vacancy at the end of the 1st quarter of 2013 is 11.48%, which is over two percentage points less than it was at its peak.The first quarter numbers also show that of the six sub-regions in Phoenix that one third are back to a healthier single-digit vacancy, with one third close behind. The North sub-region has the lowest vacancy, ending the first quarter at 8.8%, with the Southwest area not far behind at 8.9%. The Northwest area is next with 10% vacancy, followed by the Northeast at 10.2%.These four areas are leading the market in having the lowest vacancy. The two areas with the highest vacancy are the Southeast region which is at 13% and the Central region has the highest vacancy in the Phoenix area of 13.3%.The company prepares quarterly updates with details that provide market intelligence and high-level analysis. Velocity tracks details on the entire retail market base of 175 MSF in buildings larger than 10,000 SF.Accelerated Development Services Opens First 99 Cent Only Store in Kingman99 Cent Only will kick off the new tenant lineup at Kingman Crossing in Kingman with a 17,136 SF store. They company has signed the first lease in the 82,000 SF center with negotiations winding down on the rest of the remaining occupancy.The property, which is being jointly developed by Accelerated Development Services and Wadsworth Development, is undergoing a complete redevelopment and update.The property, on the SEC of Interstate 40 and Stockton Hill Rd., is ground zero for this regional town. When the project is complete, it will have new store fronts, new paving, a huge freeway sign, new landscaping and a fresh new look.
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Last week, we wrote about this topic with respect largely to the things we drop in the water. So, what about the things we bring out there, like our copper-oxide bottom paint? This column is about that.Painting With PoisonYes, if you really think about it, we paint the bottoms of our boats with poison. Intentionally. We’re trying to kill barnacles, algae, slime, and other stowaways who can clog our intake valves, foul our running gear and, as a consequence, actually create another bio-hazard as we have to apply more power (meaning burning more fuel and creating more exhaust) to move the boat at a given speed. So, our intentions are not necessarily ignoble — but if we start to address some of the collateral damage, we can make them noble.The history of the War of the Barnacles goes back to the Phoenicians. They used many substances — including lead and tar — to battle the speed-killing and weight-adding stowaways. It wasn’t until the Romans realized that shields of battle work at sea too — and shielded their ships with copper sheathing — that something effective began to turn the battle in favor of the mariners. This technique lasted for millennia. History tells us that Nelson had an inherent 20-percent speed advantage over the Spaniards at the Battle of Trafalgar because of copper sheathing.A lot of dangerous things don’t reach the tipping point until there is a negative impact on the environment. By the 1950s, boating had begun to be popular enough that scientists started to notice that shellfish were being affected by these bottom paints. This started the process that more than a half-century later is showing up in various alternatives.Two Pounds A YearA 30-foot boat, painted with copper-oxide anti-fouling paint, leaches two pounds of copper into the waterways. Each year. Now, before you start to feel like an environment killer, scientists note that Nature naturally leaches 250,000 tons of copper into the sea each year — compared to the approximately 15,000 tons that all the sea-going vessels add. But the ocean is one thing, a marina with 100 vessels closely packed is another. And that is the rub, sort to speak.States and municipalities are starting to notice and taking action in two ways: restricting boat owners from using certain bottom paint mixtures, and keeping marina owners from draining their waste water into the sea. Connecticut banned marina owners from doing so a few years back, requiring them to collect the water and bring it to a treatment plant. Sounds expensive, which just ends up in dockage fees or, worse, fees so high that boaters start to drop out. Eventually, the Feds will bring a suit under the Clean Water Act and then the game is afoot.But the regulators aren’t just throwing (your) money at the problem. They are sponsoring “bake-offs” where boat owners and paint companies can try different formulas to address the issue. San Diego both passed a law that requires the amount of copper pollution in the Port of San Diego to be reduced by 75 percent in 15 years and has created test beds for various formulas. And they have found that not only are different chemicals effective (such as zinc) but also paints can be made slicker so those stowaways can’t grab a toe-hold (or whatever it is that they hold on with!)The paint companies haven’t sat on their hands and have developed a number of alternatives, but getting approval from the EPA to add a chemical to the equation takes considerable time too. Will the solutions cost more? They already do and they will continue to. Not sure there is any way around that one.A Primer Of SortsThere is a lot of material out there and you can always discuss it with your dock master, who is certainly interested in the health of our waterways. The largest anti-fouling paint company, InterLux, maintains a lot of material online (www.yachtpaint.com).For the more scientifically inclined, the stowaways are not attaching to our boats for a ride. They attach to eat. When you put anything in water, tiny electrical charges develop. This was discovered by Johannes van der Waals 1873 (getting the Nobel Prize in 1910.) Via the “van der Waals” force, free-floating objects are attracted to the surface of that object. In waterways, these objects are decaying matter, a very attractive food source to our stowaways. The table is set. All it needs is hungry guests, which Mother Nature serves up readily.By the way, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you “get in this thing . . .” Share
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